Jimmer scores 32, Team Fredette wins The Basketball Tournament opener
Jimmer Fredette came back to American soil to ball and it was like he never left.
The former national player of the year at BYU scored 32 points in 36 minutes and displayed his vintage long-range, 3-point abilities to lift two-seed Team Fredette to an 88-80 win over 15-seed Peoria All-Stars on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, in the first round of The Basketball Tournament.
Fredette shot 9 of 17 from the field and 3 of 5 from deep, including a smooth trey from about 35 feet in the second quarter. He also spent plenty of time driving the lane and shot 11 of 11 from the free-throw line.
Fredette’s former BYU teammate Brandon Davies shouldered much of the load as well, shooting 7 of 12 to score 21 points while pulling down eight rebounds.
TBT is a 72-team tournament comprised of teams with players who are overseas professionals, former NBA and college players, or NBA players not currently under contract. The tournament is in its fifth year and the prize stash for the winning team is $2 million. All games air on ESPN networks or WatchESPN.com.
Peoria All-Stars was a collection of former mid-major players mostly from the Midwest. Montel James, a former Loyola-Chicago player, scored 28 points in the loss.
Ra’Shad James added 14 points for Team Fredette, knocking down three 3-pointers in the second half. Charles Abouo, another former BYU teammate of Fredette’s, added three points and three rebounds.
Team Fredette advances to play the Jackson Tennessee Underdawgs, a 10-seed comprised mostly of players who played at mid-major universities in Tennessee and Kentucky. They defeated seven-seed Zoo Crew (Pitt alumni) on Saturday.
That second-round game tips at 10 a.m. Sunday on ESPN. The winner moves on to the Super 16, which begins July 27 in Atlanta.